VIMS' annual open house is a fun-filled event for the whole family. Join us in Gloucester Point for exhibits, children's activities, seining on the York River, lab tours, a seafood cooking demonstration, mini-lectures, and much more. All activities are free, as is parking. The event takes place rain or shine.
Marine Science Day 2018 took place on May 19. Stay tuned for next year's date!
VIMS in the Bay and Around the World
Ocean research takes VIMS scientists from Poquoson to the Poles. Learn about efforts by VIMS researchers in Chesapeake Bay to manage blue crabs, restore oysters, survey fish populations, unravel biodiversity, and monitor water quality. Also learn about our international work in Antarctica and the deep sea. These exhibits are located in Watermen's Hall and Chesapeake Bay Hall and are open continuously from 10 am - 3 pm.
Tour working laboratories to learn about the latest tools and techniques of marine research. Scientists lead the tours and will explain their current research.
Activities & Tours
Learn and have fun with crafts and other activities in our Children's Pavilion. Tour our Teaching Marsh, Shellfish Hatchery, and Riparian Forest. Collect, observe, and learn about estuarine organisms from the York River.
By the Clock
In addition to our day-long activities, we offer a series of events that begin at specific times. These events include 10-minute Fast Talks, a seafood cooking demonstration, and more. The Program of Events will be available online closer to the date of the event.
Food and Gifts
Marine Science Day T-shirts and other clothing and memorabilia will be for sale in the VIMS Gift Shop. Hot sandwiches, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase near the Children's Pavilion, and sno-balls will be available for purchase in the boat basin.
Create a marine-themed costume to participate in our Marine Science Day Costume Contest. Everyone, every age, can participate by creating original costumes of marine plants or animals. Individuals and groups are welcome. Ribbons are awarded for most original plant or animal, most creative use of materials, best group costume, and best representation of a plant or animal. The overall winner will earn a $50 gift certificate to VIMS' Gift Shop. Register here.